The Science that Intrigues Me
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Pearson Education | "New pedagogy" activated by technology transforms classrooms

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Find the full report here: http://www.michaelfullan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3897.Rich_Seam_web.pdf

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The Political War Over Climate Change Is About to Heat Up

The Political War Over Climate Change Is About to Heat Up | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
“In the middle of a weird weather week, the EPA quietly published one of its first significant climate proposals. Warming reality notwithstanding, we're entering a ferocious new era of Washington climate brawls.”
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David Suzuki's Carbon Manifesto

David Suzuki's Carbon Manifesto | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
David Suzuki believes that the actions -- and inactions -- of Canada's politicians, corporations and citizens have brought our country to the brink of an env...
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Interesting stand from David Suzuki on Carbon and climate change.

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Global warming 95% likely to be manmade, UN panel says

Global warming 95% likely to be manmade, UN panel says | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
Top climate scientists blame mankind more clearly than ever as the main cause of global warming in a report today meant to guide governments in dealing with rising temperatures, delegates said.
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NASA | The Bedrock Beneath

Our understanding of what lies beneath the world's biggest ice sheet has taken another leap forward. In this video we strip away Antarctic ice to reveal a ne...
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Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science!

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The...
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Allan Savory: How to green the desert and reverse climate change | Video on TED.com

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk.
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Stephen Lippa's comment, March 13, 2013 1:22 PM
Fantastic example of how our incorrect thinking produces results that we shouldn't want. Incredible story of a man who has made mistakes and has own them long enough to find the answers.
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Jeremy Rifkin on global issues and the future of our planet

Vergeet de kredietcrisis, het is niet vergeleken met de problemen die nog gaan komen. Dit zegt topeconoom Jeremy Rifkin in een exclusief interview met EenVan...
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The 5 in 5: Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years

The 5 in 5: Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
  via IBM.com We think of the five senses as exclusive to living things Processing sights and sounds requires eyes, ears and, most important, a brain—right? But what if your hardware shared yo...
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Neuroscience study reveals new link between basic math skills and PSAT success

These data reveal that the relative engagement of brain mechanisms associated with procedural versus memory-based calculation of single-digit arithmetic problems is related to high-school level mathematical competence,
highlighting the fundamental role that mental arithmetic fluency plays the acquisition of higherlevel mathematical competence.

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Stephen Lippa's comment, January 30, 2013 10:28 AM
Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130104143617.htm
Stephen Lippa's comment, January 30, 2013 10:28 AM
Full Article: http://communications.uwo.ca/media/singledigitmath/Price_Mazzocco_Ansari.pdf
Stephen Lippa's comment, January 30, 2013 10:29 AM
Pg 16 – “These findings bolster the interpretation that the continued reliance on quantity/procedural mechanisms to solve arithmetic problems is associated with lower math competence even into high school.”

Pg 19 – “...arithmetic fluency plays a key role in the acquisition of higher math skills. The present data support such a link, providing the first neuroscientific evidence that the functional brain networks associated with arithmetic fluency are related to higher-level math skills.”

Pg 21 -“From an educational perspective, our results provide the first neuroscientific evidence demonstrating the fundamental importance of fluency in basic mental arithmetic in the acquisition of college-level mathematical skills.”

Pg 21 – “Thus, the importance of early arithmetic skills for math competence is not only evident at a behavioural level. Their acquisition
appears to impact the construction of neurobiological architectures across development, which may in turn support the acquisition of high-school level math skills that have significant consequences for progression into higher education.”
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PaperTab: Revolutionary paper tablet reveals future tablets to be thin and flexible as paper.

Intel®, Plastic Logic and Queen's University work together to revolutionize tablet computing Cambridge, UK and Kingston, Canada - January 7, 2013 -- Watch ou...
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Science literacy and the polarized politics of climate change | Sci-Ed

Science literacy and the polarized politics of climate change | Sci-Ed | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it

One of the major goals of science education is for all citizens to have some basic level of science literacy. The rationale is that a basic understanding of science is necessary in order to participate in a modern democratic society, where we must often grapple with policy decisions that deal with socioscientific issues, and where scientific evidence can be a major deciding factor in policy.


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Plastic FIPEL light bulbs could replace compact fluorescents

Plastic FIPEL light bulbs could replace compact fluorescents | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it

The lifespan of CFL light bulbs is supposed to be long, but the limitations of that technology may be cut short thanks to a new kind of bulb. The device is made of three layers of moldable white-emitting polymer blended with a small amount of nanomaterials.
The result is a shatterproof material and a glow that creates a bright white light similar to sunlight

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14 Lesson Plans For Teaching Financial Literacy

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14 Lesson Plans For Teaching Financial Literacy

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▶ The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes - YouTube

President Obama's Science and Technology Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains the polar vortex in 2 minutes—and why climate change makes extreme weather more ...
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Hot water freezes faster than cold - and now we know why.

Hot water freezes faster than cold - and now we know why. | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it

Hot water seems to freeze faster than cold water, known as the Mpemba effect. The effect was named after the Tanzanian student who in 1963 noticed that hot ice cream mix freezes faster than a cold one.

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NASA | NASA's Analysis of 2012 Global Temperature

NASA's analysis of Earth's surface temperature found that 2012 ranked as the ninth warmest year since 1880. NASA scientists at the Goddard Institute for Spac...
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You know, I really do not understand the climate change nay-sayers.

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Learning From Mistakes Is Harder Than We Think

Learning From Mistakes Is Harder Than We Think | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it

Useful failure is something that we have talked about before in both our books and keynotes, and it's something we'll likely continue to talk about in the future. That's because the discipline of being able to learn from our mistakes is essential to many things—our success, our morale, and certainly our ability to progress in any other kind of learning. Trouble is, it's harder than it seems.

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I know for a fact I cling to fallacies. This is an area I am actively working on. In a world of change we must let go of the things we think we know to be true, that turn out to be wrong, with greater ease.

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Climate change: Oh, it's real. | TED Playlists | TED

Climate change: Oh, it's real. | TED Playlists | TED | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
We still have a lot to learn about climate change, about why it's happening and what that means. But one thing is clear: It's real, alright. These talks provide a primer on the issue of our times.
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Stephen Lippa's comment, March 13, 2013 1:26 PM
Al Gore recorded his talk 5 years ago. Full of passion, full of direction. What of substance has happened since this talk?
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The Third Industrial Revolution

Every industrial revolution is spurred by a shift in both energy and communication technology. Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin says we are on the precipic...
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Stephen Lippa's comment, February 26, 2013 8:31 AM
3 degree rise in temperature looks conservative in the next century.
Stephen Lippa's comment, February 26, 2013 8:33 AM
All species on life on earth are faced with extinction. Mass extinction occurs with a small, instant shift. Could lose 70% of life on the planet by the end of the century.
Stephen Lippa's comment, February 26, 2013 8:34 AM
We need a new economic vision for the future. We need to be off carbon in 30 years.
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The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has sh...
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Thinking Math-ishly: Amy Lin at TEDxSixteenMileCreek

Amy Lin loves math, is passionate about teaching math and has seen how children's fear of being wrong in math has crushed their spirits. Amy talks about the ...
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What the Future May Bring

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In his latest book, sustainable development expert Jorgen Randers offers an analysis of what the world will be like in the year 2052. It’s not a pretty picture.

Via Amy Melendez, David Hain, Wise Leader™
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2012 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos"

2012 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos" | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it
We are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world.
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Voyager crossing superhighway to solar system exit

Voyager crossing superhighway to solar system exit | The Science that Intrigues Me | Scoop.it

On its way out of the solar system, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a “magnetic highway” of charged particles — a hint that the spacecraft may not have far to go before reaching the brink of interstellar space.

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